Arsenal’s rejected bid for Raphinha obviously didn’t impress the Leeds United hierarchy – and the London club should be wary of making the same mistake twice.
Some Gunners fans would have been rolling their eyes when The Athletic reported on Wednesday that an opening bid for Raphinha had been unsuccessful.
It’s understood the bid ‘fell well below’ Leeds’ asking price, which is expected to be £65million.
However, this isn’t the first time the north Londoners’ offers have raised eyebrows.
Suarez had made it clear he wanted to leave the Reds and Arsenal – then regularly battling in the Champions League – sought to take advantage of his side’s seventh-place finish in 2012/13.
After Liverpool failed to quality for the Champions League, the Gunners had initially made a £30m offer with £5m in add-ons for the Uruguayan.
Of course that was rejected by the Reds, but the Gunners weren’t to be deterred and submitted another bid for the controversial striker, who had scored 23 league goals the previous term.
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Arsenal had been led to believe the player had a clause in his contract which meant he had to be informed if a bid north of £40m came in for him.
Arsene Wenger, having agreed a deal with Suarez and his agent, wanted to test the water.
So, in went the infamous bid of £40m and £1.
“What do you think they’re smoking over there at the Emirates?” Liverpool owner John W. Henry posted on social media – marking a truly iconic moment in transfer window history.
The offer was rejected by Liverpool – shocker – and they weren’t happy.
Things became pretty frosty between the two clubs, and a few years on, Wenger opened up on just how close they were to securing Suarez’s services.
“He was very close [to signing for Arsenal]. We had an agreement with the player,” the Frenchman told BeIN Sports.
“We had been wrongly advised that he had a clause, with a minimal clause, but we had an agreement with the player.”
Of course, Suarez stayed on at Liverpool for the season after the saga.
In fact, he went on to have one of his best seasons of his career, scoring 31 goals in 37 games in all competitions as the Reds mounted an incredible title challenge.
And when he did eventually leave that next summer, it wasn’t for the Emirates, but for Barcelona in a deal worth £65m – sound familiar?
It was later revealed that Arsenal didn’t intend to aggravate their Premier League rivals with their extra £1, with ex-transfer negotiator Dick Law stating Liverpool ‘made a big deal out of it’ as it was only meant to trigger negotiations.
But Edu and co. may want to avoid recreating another Suarez-esque embarrassment when it comes to Raphinha, and stop him ending up at Barcelona, just like the Uruguayan.
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